Birthdays and Death Days

I’ve always thought birthdays are a bit strange. Why celebrate the child on a birthday when really we should be celebrating the mother? It’s no easy feat for a woman to carry a child within her uterus for nine months. She must execute extreme care about her diet and her drinking/smoking/exercise habits, all while dealing with…

The Mystery of Sleep

Many people suffer from sleep problems—sleep apnea, sleep irregularity, narcolepsy—but within primary literature (science from the source), there’s a lot of confusion and disagreement when scientists are asked: “what is sleep?” The question of why we sleep is of big debate among sleep researchers. We know there are cycles in our sleep and that it’s a…

Strangers in the crowd

I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stumped by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say “Hi.” They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And…

Japanese citizens didn’t loot after disaster struck in 2011

During times of disaster, many people suffer from a severe case of individualism, a condition defined by a lack of concern and/or empathy towards other people in situations where one cannot be benefitted. This often results in theft and chaos as people scramble to obtain scarce resources. I bring up this overgeneralized definition of individualism because…